Stuck for a few last minute stocking fillers for the climber in your life?
Here's a few quick ideas for small gifts that could be just the ticket for that 'week before Christmas' dash to the local climbing shop. And if you order online now, a lot of places are still shipping before Christmas too - but you need to get your skates on!
Edelrid Jul² Belay Device - £25
"Innovative belay device with high braking performance for single ropes. The optimized Mega Jul geometry ensures easy and secure belaying even with thicker ropes."
- More Info: Edelrid Website
Edelrid HMS Strike FG - £18
"Compact HMS carabiner with an integrated spring bar to prevent it from twisting."
- More Info: Edelrid Website
"This is a high performance, lightweight locking biner suitable for a wide range of uses, from trad climbing right through to winter climbing.
"Guides and Mountaineering instructors wanted a simple solution to help transfer their knowledge and experience to their clients, simplify systems, and take out confusion at belays. With our small batch, in-house production we were able to provide that solution. We have taken our best loved Shadow, Boa, and Oval biners and colour coded them. Red, Blue, and Green: they sound different – even in a wild mountain environment, and they look different – even in poor light."
- More info: DMM Website
Joshua Tree Climbing Salve - £5
"JTree salve is an organic, unscented, skin-healer that is effective in treating flappers, gobis, blown tips, scrapes, cuts, and abrasions. Created using a blend of essential oils, freshly extracted from the finest organic herbs, JTree Salve moisturizes and promotes healing without softening calluses that the body produces for protection."
- More Info: Lyon Equipment Website
Sublime Climbing Brush - £8
The Sublime Climbing Brush is a reinvention of the climbing brush that respects climbers with its thoughtful design, ease of use, and durability. The Sublime Climbing Brush allows climbers to effortlessly clean holds on your climbing routes or boulder problems, removing frictionkillers like dirt and excess chalk, and increasing your ability to hold on. This is even more important for newer climbers whose hands aren't that strong yet and rely more on a hold's natural friction. Quickly cleaning holds with The Sublime Climbing Brush increases the surface's coefficient of friction, and the ability to hang on and climb the route.
- More Info: UKC Product Announcement
"Minimalist wooden training board: 4 ergonomic grips (1 small bad edge, 1 small good edge, 1 small bucket, 1 good sloper)
The holds are organised symmetrically between them (and not in reference to the centre of the board) to train at constant shoulder width, to introduce dynamic exercises like on a campus board when using two.
Snapboards Size: 10cm x 50cm"
- More Info: Beta Climbing Website
Twist closure chalkbag—the bag opens and closes with a twisting motion that seals chalk inside and shrinks the volume for easy transport.
- More Info: Arc'teryx Website
"The Deluxe Chalk Bucket has a padded base for stability, the new closure system, plus zip pockets, mesh pockets, and two grab handles. Big enough for two pairs of hands."
- More Info: Moon Climbing
Outdoor Research Ninjaclava - £23
"With a sleek, Ninja-worthy design, this unique balaclava provides serious protection on cold alpine days. The smooth-faced fabric features a warm, cozy brushed interior, and the overlapping design covers everything but the eyes and can be easily peeled open when high-mountain exertion causes heat to build."
- More Info: Outdoor Research Website
What could be more Christmassy than a hat? Here's a nice one, a classic knitted beanie with a fine plain knit outer and a warm micro-fleece lining. It's a hat - there's not much more to it than that. No novelty antlers or snowflakes here, but we do like the embroidered mammoth logo: very seasonal!
- More Info: Mammut Website
Lightweight, moisture-wicking boxer short. Phase Series: Moisture wicking base layer | SL: Superlight.
- More Info: Arc'teryx Website
If in doubt, get them a torch - it's worked for generations of Christmas shoppers. Alpkit are well known for their good value headtorches, and at this price the Inigo is a steal. At only 68g it's an ideal emergency backup light to keep in your pack, chuck in the glove box, wherever, and while its 30 lumen output won't set the world on fire it's enough for general use out and about, from the campsite to the evening pub walk.
- More Info: alpkit.com
Polartec Powerstretch Pro Gloves from Montane - £25
If you're into winter hills then you can't have too many gloves, and these thinnies from Montane are a good versatile choice, wearable either on their own in fine conditions or as a liner beneath something thicker when things take a turn for the colder. Polartec's Power Stretch Pro fabric has a nylon outer face for toughness and weather protection and a brushed inner side for comfort. In addition to the finger-friendly pre-curved, box construction digits with roll tip for improved dexterity, Montane have added a conductive print on thumb, index and middle fingertips, so you can operate your smartphone screen without getting chilly mitts.
- More Info: montane.co.uk
Exped StowAway Duffle - £21
Whether you want additonal luggage capacity when off on your travels (souvenir bargains on the way home, maybe), or something to help organise the contents of your hiking rucksack, the StowAway Duffle is a neat little bag. At a featherweight 95g you'll barely notice it til needed, but it's tough enough too, with ripstop fabric and robust stitching. Two sizes available - 50l and 20l; we think the 20l is probably more versatile.
- More Info: exped.com
Nikwax Down Wash Direct - £6.50
These days everyone's into water resistant down - and for good reason, in our soggy climate. It may be a highly effective insulator, weight for weight, but get it wet and down is pretty much useless. But after repeated use even treated down requires special care to restore it to its best, since dirt, oil, and other contaminants lead to the water-repellency diminishing over time. Down Wash Direct ensures optimal performance by cleaning effectively, revitalising insulation, and restoring the water-repellency of water-resistant down. It also reduces the water absorption of regular down and maintains or improves the water-repellency of the down item’s outer fabric. OK, not remotely sexy, but it could be one of the more useful prezzies you buy this Christmas.
Victorinox Hiker - £24.99
A penknife - as essential to Christmas as carols, parsnips and beardy old men stuck up chimneys. Nothing new here, but this classic Victorinox Swiss Army Knife is as handy as it's ever been, with 13 basic functions including a large and small blade, a phillips screwdriver, tweezers and a highly effective wood saw for camp fires and impromptu DIY. There's also that nameless pointy thing that nobody's ever known what to do with [It's a 'reamer, punch and sewing awl'. So now you know, Ed.].
- More Info: victorinox.com
When wild camping you may not always end up pitched right next to a water source, so you might want to fill up as much as possible before you get there. But who wants to cart bulky empty bottles around all day, just in case? A collapsible water container is a worthwhile addition to the pack, and this one looks good. Tough, flexible and lightweight - around 50% lighter than an equivalent hard bottle, they say, this nifty 1L bottle scrunches down when empty to roughly one fifth its filled size. It stands up to heat and cold, they promise, and its wide mouth makes it easy to fill from a stream or top up with snow. Off the hill, it looks useful for general travel too.
- More Info: hydrapak.com
But perhaps you feel there should be more to Christmas than material goodies. Why not treat someone special to a Stanage sticker to show their support for Stanage-North Lees and receive a year of free parking at one of the Peak District’s best-loved destinations? The scheme has been set up to help pay for access improvements, bird conservation, woodland management works and visitor information at Stanage-North Lees, near Hathersage. Rebekah Newman, Stanage-North Lees property manager, says: “These stickers make a perfect present for anyone who loves Stanage. We know people are keen to help care for and protect the special landscape and this is a way for them to show their support.”
In return for a contribution of £15 you get a sticker to display in the car for 12 months free parking at Stanage car parks, and a discount at the Stanage-North Lees campsite.
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